Russian athletes will be called ROC in JO


La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, February 20, 2021, p. a11

Lausanne. With Russia’s name banned for the next two Olympic Games, its teams and athletes will be officially called ROC, announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The name of the delegation – an acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee – was agreed upon by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which processed the most recent case in a years-long investigation into a doping program and cover-up that had the help of the State.

A ruling issued in December by the Court of Arbitration for Sport vetoed Russia’s name, flag and national anthem from this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Winter 2022 Games in Beijing.

The agreement avoids the use of the word neutral that WADA insisted should be used to offset any reference to the word Russia on uniforms or equipment.

The flag of the Russian delegation in Tokyo and Beijing will be the symbol of the ROC, an Olympic flame with white, blue and red bands of the national flag on five Olympic rings.

It has yet to be agreed which piece of music will replace the national anthem during the award ceremonies.

The Russian Olympic Committee will provide a musical piece to be sung at all ceremonies, the IOC reported.

ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, who also headed the Olympic delegation in 2018, said the body has sent proposals for the anthem and uniforms to the IOC in advance.

Russia intends to use Katyusha, a patriotic popular song from the Soviet era that is strongly related to the fight against Nazi Germany in World War II.